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Origin of sycophant
Examples from the Web for sycophantic
It was clearly meant to be a sycophantic gesture, but the jape backfired like a blocked Victorian shotgun.Royal Cover-Up as Prince of Wales Shoots Owl (In 1896)|Tom Sykes|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He could be petty and mean-spirited to subordinates, ingratiating and sycophantic to bosses and celebrities.The Only Sportscaster That Mattered: New Biography of Howard Cosell|Robert Lipsyte|November 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The companies' management teams, meanwhile, were becoming inbred and sycophantic.
A comic imitation of a sycophantic head waiter took him over.
That was said not vainly or presumptuously, but in reproof of sycophantic courtiers.Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers|Thomas De Quincey
That the pastoral was forced to serve the menial part of a vehicle of sycophantic praise is less easily pardoned.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
Business and professional men had long been groveling in sycophantic servility at the feet of "the clique."The Centralia Conspiracy|Ralph Chaplin
The trusty had a silly, sycophantic manner of raising one hand in salute.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
His age may have been fifty; his air was mean and sycophantic.The Strolling Saint|Raphael Sabatini
Word Origin for sycophant
1530s (in Latin form sycophanta), "informer, talebearer, slanderer," from Latin sycophanta, from Greek sykophantes, originally "one who shows the fig," from sykon "fig" + phanein "to show." "Showing the fig" was a vulgar gesture made by sticking the thumb between two fingers, a display which vaguely resembles a fig, itself symbolic of a vagina (sykon also meant "vulva"). The story goes that prominent politicians in ancient Greece held aloof from such inflammatory gestures, but privately urged their followers to taunt their opponents. The sense of "mean, servile flatterer" is first recorded in English 1570s.